Kartik Aaryan has voluntarily opted out of Shah Rukh Khan’s production venture and has returned the signing amount too.
Just weeks ago, Kartik Aaryan was in news for parting ways with Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions and it had been revealed he has been dropped from the upcoming sequel of Dostana. Multiple sources stated that it had been due to his ‘unprofessional attitude’ that the production house decided to end the chapter, and Karan vowed never to work with Kartik.
In a recent and yet shocking development, Kartik will no more be a part of Shah Rukh Khan’s production Red Chilies Entertainment’s venture that’s tentatively titled, Freddie.
As per a recent report, Kartik is believed to have opted out of a Red Chillies film that Ajay Bahl was helming. The film, tentatively titled Goodbye Freddie, also starred Katrina Kaif as the female lead. Read on to know why the actor has bid the project adieu.
While talking about Kartik exiting the film, a well-placed source informed Bollywood Hungama, “Yes, Kartik Aaryan was to feature in Ajay Bahl’s social comedy that was being produced by Shah Rukh Khan’s Red Chillies. However, the actor has now walked out of the project that was supposed to commence shoot in a few months.”
Talking about the rationale behind Kartik Aaryan bidding adieu to the project, the insider said, “Apparently, creative differences developed between Kartik and therefore the director Ajay Bahl due to which the actor decided on leaving the project. Kartik wasn’t happy with the developed script because it was different from what was narrated to him as a one-liner plot.”
While this source claims’ creative differences,’ another trade source told the portal a distinct narrative. This insider said, “Kartik Aaryan had signed on with Red Chillies over two years ago. Recently Kartik shot for Dhamaka during the pandemic which was a thriller. Post shooting for Dhamaka, Kartik informed Red Chillies that he felt that doing another thriller so quickly wouldn’t be apt for his career. He requested to opt out and his request was considered. The parting was amicable between Kartik and Red Chillies.”
While the exact reason for the parting is still to be zeroed in on, the above-mentioned site noted that Kartik has returned the Rs 2 crore signing amount he was given for the project. As of now, the search is on for a new male lead to star opposite Katrina Kaif in this Ajay Bahl directorial.